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Chief Diversity Officer

Company: Palomar College
Location: San Marcos
Posted on: March 11, 2023

Job Description:

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title
Chief Diversity Officer

Superintendent/President's Office (Dept)

San Marcos

Full or Part Time


Hours per week
Exempt Position

Number of Months
12 month

Work Schedule

Exempt Position



$10,254.16- $12,490.50. Step placement may be negotiable dependent upon education and experience. Administrators that possess earned doctorates from accredited institutions are awarded an annual stipend of $1,702.84.

Salary/Wage Frequency


In addition to a competitive compensation structure, Palomar College also offers an extremely generous benefits package.

  • Fully paid HMO medical, HMO dental, and vision insurance for employees and dependents (additional buy up options available)
  • Vacation, sick leave and 25 paid holidays
  • $80,000 life/accident insurance policy (additional buy up options available)
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) - Free counseling, financial, legal, personal and professional development resources
  • Additional buy up options available for other voluntary insurance benefits
  • Enrollment in CalPERS (California Public Employees Retirement System) The estimated maximum value of this employer-paid benefits package is approximately $33,260 annually.

    Primary Function

    Provides leadership to the District in the strategic planning, identification, and implementation of its District-wide diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility and anti-racism (DEIAA) policies, procedures, and programs; serves in an advisory role to the District's executive team and works collaboratively with District stakeholders; provides occasional guidance to various areas of the District as requested or required to enhance DEIAA functions.

    Minimum Qualifications

    To be eligible for this position, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications:
    • Experience: One year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrative assignment. Note: For work experience, a "year" is defined as equivalent to 40 hours per week for 12 months.

      • Education: A master's degree from an accredited college or university. Only coursework completed at, and degrees awarded by, accredited institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education will be considered as satisfying the minimum qualifications. Coursework and degrees that are completed outside of the United States are required to have transcripts evaluated (evaluation to U.S. equivalency and a course by course analysis) by an appropriate U.S. credentials evaluation service. For a list of credentials evaluation agencies accepted by Palomar College, visit the National Association of Credentials Evaluation Services (NACES) website at, or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) website at

        Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility and Antiracism (DEIAA) Statement

        Palomar College serves over 30,000 students from a variety of backgrounds and we are proud to be a Hispanic Serving Institution. Our student body is rich in its diversity. Click here to see a quick overview of our student demographics on our recent Student Fact Sheet.

        Palomar College is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, access and antiracism. We are dedicated to empowering students to succeed and are guided by our core values; some of which are the following:
        • Access - We make education possible for everyone.
        • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - We recognize and respect diversity, seek to foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, and strive to address inequities. All positions require cultural competency which includes the sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff.

          Preferred Qualifications
        • A master's degree or graduate level coursework in sociology, ethnic studies, or education from an accredited institution.
        • Experience leading or coordinating a DEIAA program at a community college or university. Licenses and/or Certificates

          Must possess an appropriate, valid California Driver's License by time of appointment.

          Supervision Received and Exercised
          • Supervision Received From: Superintendent/President
          • Supervision Given: Assigned administrator, Confidential and Supervisory Team, classified, hourly, and volunteer employees. Duties and Responsibilities

            Essential Functions: Essential responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
          • Leads the District's DEIAA strategic planning efforts, including goals, objectives, timelines, and implementation; serves as an advisor to the District's executive team and collaborates with District stakeholders in identifying strengths and opportunities and development of planning efforts; assesses and evaluates progress of DEIAA programs towards stated goals and objectives.
          • Performs full supervisory activities, subject to management concurrence and in accordance with relevant District policies, procedures, and applicable employee contracts/handbooks, which includes selecting and training new employees; planning, assigning, scheduling, and evaluating completed work; approving overtime/compensatory time; recommending reclassifications; responding to grievances and taking appropriate disciplinary action; and performing related supervisory activities.
          • Conducts research and statistical analysis related to DEIAA, including developing survey instruments; works closely with Institutional Research and Planning, Human Resource Services, and other departments/programs to identify data needs and perform research; develops relevant reports and presents to the District's Governing Board, executive team, employees, and other stakeholders.
          • Consults with District administrators, staff, and students to advise on the development of DEIAA focused instructional and student services strategies and materials that respect and provide dignity to the diversity of students, including the District's Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and other programs and services that serve specific diverse student populations.
          • In collaboration with Student Services and Human Resource Services, develops and maintains a neutral ombudsperson program for use by students and employees for resolution of cultural challenges and conflicts; mediates issues between parties and works to identify solutions; notifies parties using the program of their rights to resolve such issues in accordance with District nondiscrimination policies and procedures.
          • Provides guidance to Professional Development in the development of trainings, workshops, events, and other opportunities to build employees' awareness and knowledge of DEIAA and related topics in accordance with B.P./A.P. 3000 Antiracism and other applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; personally provides trainings and other relevant opportunities for employees to learn about DEIAA.
          • Advises the Public Affairs Office, Academic Technology, and other departments/programs on the development of marketing campaigns, the District website, social media, and other forms of communications and outreach to ensure they promote the District's commitment to DEIAA consistently and with cohesive messaging.
          • Collaborates with Human Resource Services to review pre-hire, hire, and post-hire steps in the selection process and suggests enhancements for greater inclusion of DEIAA in all phases of the employment life cycle.
          • Serves as an advisor to non-instructional departments upon request or as required in recommending updates to operations, work processes, materials, or other items or actions that adopt the District's DEIAA related strategic goals and objectives.
          • Represents the District at internal and external conferences, meetings, professional associations, and other events relevant to the assigned area; reports information learned to District stakeholders as appropriate.
          • Independently prepares a variety of correspondence, reports, presentations, speeches, and other communications requiring strong writing and verbal communication skills.
          • Develops and monitors the assigned budget and manages fiscal resources consistent with District policy and sound financial management principles.
          • Identifies external funding for DEIAA programs that aligns with strategic goals and objectives; develops grant proposals; manages successful grants in compliance with grant requirements.
          • Actively maintains awareness of updates in the field of DEIAA, including efforts by the California Community College Chancellor's Office, and their potential impacts to the District; disseminates information to applicable stakeholders.
          • Recommends new and updates to existing Governing Board policies and District administrative procedures relevant to areas of responsibility; prepares drafts of policies and procedures; submits to appropriate shared governance councils for approval.
          • Provides guidance to the Superintendent/President, Governing Board, Public Information Office, and other groups or individuals on advocacy matters relevant to DEIAA; as requested or required, may represent the District to elected officials or their staff. Marginal Functions:
          • Participates in/on a variety of committees, workshops, meetings, and/or other related groups in order to receive and/or convey information.
          • Performs related duties and responsibilities as required. Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

            Knowledge of:
          • Leadership and managerial principles and practices.
          • Higher education in community colleges, including the mission of the California Community Colleges.
          • Principles and practices of administration.
          • Organization, operations, policies, and objectives of a community college.
          • Federal, state, and local laws and regulations pertinent to the assigned area of responsibility, including the California Education Code and applicable sections of the California Code of Regulations.
          • Policies and objectives of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility and antiracism programs and activities.
          • Statistical and planning processes and models.
          • Statistical software packages and survey development software.
          • Instruction and student services program development principles, practices, and processes.
          • Public relations principles and practices, including the use of tact, patience, and courtesy.
          • Budgeting principles and practices.
          • Adult learning theory and learning styles.
          • Advanced research methods and report writing techniques.
          • Principles of business letter writing and report preparation.
          • Applicable federal, state, and local codes, laws, and regulations.
          • Developments, initiatives, and innovations in community colleges.
          • Grant funding sources. Skill in:
          • Maintaining sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, age, cultural, physical or mental disability, ethnic backgrounds, gender, gender expression, gender identity, medical condition, nationality, race, sex, or sexual orientation of community college students, faculty, and staff.
          • Supervising, training, and directing the work of others.
          • Providing leadership, support, and assistance to internal individuals and groups.
          • Utilizing a computer and related software applications.
          • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
          • Developing, analyzing, and maintaining a department budget.
          • Interpreting complex data and information.
          • Reading, interpreting, applying, and explaining rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
          • Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
          • Mediating difficult and/or hostile situations.
          • Strategic planning, including developing reasonable timelines, goals and objectives, and assessing and evaluating progress.
          • Effectively responding to all situations/incidents using sound judgment and decision-making skills.
          • Planning, organizing, developing, and evaluating programs, activities, and plans.
          • Analyzing situations accurately and adopting an effective course of action.
          • Meeting schedules and timelines.
          • Working cooperatively and coordinating projects with other administrators and staff to provide effective and efficient services to others.
          • Developing goals and priorities.
          • Speaking in public.
          • Collaborating with others to generate ideas, set goals, and make decisions.
          • Maintaining current knowledge of assigned program rules, regulations, requirements, and restrictions.
          • Working with a variety of individuals from diverse and multicultural backgrounds while promoting access and equity.
          • Developing grant and/or special project applications, and managing and overseeing specially funded programs.
          • Maintaining accurate and complete records.
          • Maintaining confidentiality and exercising discretion.
          • Responding appropriately to various emergency situations.
          • Organizing and chairing meetings, leading workshops, facilitating group discussions, and involving stakeholders in idea generation, goal setting and decision-making.
          • Organizing multiple projects and carrying out required project details throughout the year.
          • Evaluating and supporting faculty/staff recommendations for program improvements and/or new program efforts.
          • Managing and overseeing specially funded programs.
          • Conducting advanced-level research and statistical analysis and reporting findings in a clear and concise manner.

            Working Conditions

            Environmental Conditions:

            Office environment; exposure to computer screens, noise, and electrical energy; extensive contact with faculty, staff, students, and community members.

            Physical Conditions:

            Essential and marginal functions require maintaining physical condition necessary for ambulating for extended periods of time and performing required duties. Position requires occasional travel to District and other locations to represent the District and provide or present information.

            Terms of Employment
            • This is a full-time, 12 months per year educational administrator position.
            • The person selected for hire will be required to complete the following pre-employment requirements: live scan/fingerprinting, official transcript(s), and TB risk assessment. Other pre-employment requirements may be required depending on the position (i.e. certifications or licenses; see applicable job posting section for details). Successful completion of all pre-employment requirements is mandatory to be eligible for employment. These requirements are in accordance with the following Administrative Procedures and Board Policies: AP 7120, AP 7125, AP 7126, AP 7127, AP 7330, BP 7330, AP 7336, AP 7337, and BP 7335. Posting Detail Information

              Open Date

              Close Date

              Open Until Filled

              Posting Number

              Additional Application Information
              • Supplemental (required): Include an essay (500-word limit) on the following topic - Why are you interested in this position at Palomar College, and what makes you the most qualified candidate in leading our DEIAA efforts for students, staff, and faculty?
              • The hiring committee will decide if interviews will be conducted in person at the College or via Zoom. Travel reimbursement is only available for eligible candidates. HR will notify those who are eligible when interviews are scheduled.

Keywords: Palomar College, San Marcos , Chief Diversity Officer, Executive , San Marcos, California

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